Top 12 in Obstacle Race Training


Thinking of signing up for an obstacle race? If your dedication to your New Year’s Resolution has dwindled, training for a mud run may help you renew your commitment.

If you want to be ready for the Tough Mudder, Spartan Beast, or other obstacle race, integrate as many of these activities to reach peak form.

1. Running

A running program should be your first stop for building endurance for an obstacle race, especially if you have your sights set on the Spartan Beast, Tough Mudder, or other longer run.

If you’re new to running, you can start with the Couch to 5k or other beginner’s programs on

If you’re more of a seasoned runner and you’re looking to stay on track with your program, consider joining a local running group or club.

2. Races

What’s your goal in 2012 and when is your obstacle race?

If you’re starting with a local 5k dash or sprint, you can use a traditional 5k race as a test for endurance. You can also participate in the Metro Dash to work through challenges similar to what you’ll face.

Planning for a long run, try a shorter race like the Warrior Dash or Ruckus beforehand as a milestone in your training.

Lastly, if you’re an OCR die-hard, train to take on all three Spartan day races: Sprint, Super, and Beast.

3. CrossFit

CrossFit is a strength & overall conditioning program that incorporates bodyweight training, kettlebells, powerlifting, plyos, and other modalities to get you in great shape.

It’s been called “the brother of obstacle racing” since many military and elite forces utilize this training system, the same masterminds that developed race courses.

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